Month: September 2018


Posted on September 29, 2018

The RizalTech has made the succesful transition from ISO 9001:2008 to ISO 9001:2015. I asked Dr. Salvacion Pachejo, the official who succesfully steered the RizalTech to attain this certification, about who should be given the recognition for this singular honor? “Lahat!” she answered right away, and explained that like in the previous certification which was met by some difficulties because of the not-so-wholehearted cooperation by some sectors, this time the RizalTech community responded enthusiastically in providing all the necessary information to the ISO evaluators.

If I were still the President of the RizalTech at this time I would have asked the PRAISE Committee headed by Dr. Elmer Martin to give the employees incentives for this commendable achievement. The next President will surely do it.

Categories: President's Corner


Posted on September 26, 2018

The RizalTech has been awarded by the Department of Science and Technology as the Center for Astronomy Research and Development by the Department of Science and Technology with a grant of PhP 32,716,361.60.  The entire Department of Earth and Space Sciences of the University with the able leadership of Prof. Ryan Guido and Dr. Edna C. Aquino has done a tremendous job in successfully presenting and defending their proposal to the Department of Science and Technology.  They had to undergo three stages of evaluation, with the last and final stage being presided by none other than DOST Secretary Fortunato Dela Pena. 


Categories: President's Corner


Posted on September 11, 2018

The 18th Season of the National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities or NAASCU opened this morning at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.  This is the fourth year of our participation in the league.  In all the years we have participated we have won the Over-All Championship.

In the pictures I am holding the Over-All Championship trophy together with the Seniors’, Juniors’ and Women’s basketball teams.  The NAASCU has a long season that will end in March next year.  SAP Bong Go is in one of the pictures chiding Philip Salvador for the latter’s adventures, while Director Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa is in another.  Dr. Jay Adalem delivers the opening remarks.  Our muse, Arianne Esconde, enters the court with her escort.  The rest of the pictures are some of the scenes in the opening program.

Many of the basketball games will be played in our Gym 1.  When Gym 2 is ready some of the games will be played there too.

Categories: President's Corner


Posted on September 10, 2018

We can do it if we just believe. I would like to congratulate the Electrical Engineering Department and its faculty headed by Engr. Romulo Cruz. I also congratulate the Dean of CEIT for this achievement, and for his endless and patient motivation to our Engineering students.
65 out of 75 or 86.67% takers from the RizalTech passed the examination. 61 out of 67 or 91.04% first time takers hurdle it.
29 out of 43 or 67.44% RizalTech takers passed the Registered Master Electrician exam.
13 out 17 takers from the Pasig Campus passed the examination, absolutely the very first in the history of the RizalTech.
There’s a long way to go. This is just the first step. Just BELIEVE.

Categories: President's Corner


Posted on September 8, 2018

I have placed eleven 3-seater benches in the Quadrangle.

These are formerly chairs deployed in the R and D Building which were damaged and piled up in the basement of the Gonzales-MAB.  I was thinking about ways on how to recycle them until I thought they could be made into gang chairs. 

Nakatambak na sa ibaba napakinabangan pa.  They seem to be more durable than the park benches we bought. 



Categories: President's Corner


Posted on September 4, 2018

This morning the choir members and the dance troupe of the RizalTech, together with Dean Reydora Flordeliza, Mr. Julian (“Juju”) Santos, and choir conductor Mr. Reiner Aguilar, came to the office to announce their victory in the Choir and Folk Dance Competitions sponsored by the Philippine Tour Operators Association or PhilTOA.

The Choir won the championship with Adamson University placing second and PUP placing third in a field of six schools.

The Dance Troupe won the championship with Dela Salle-Dasmarinas placing second and Lyceum of the Philippines in third place.

I read on a t-shirt by one choir member the words “Just Do It, Never Quit!” It tells a lot about the RizalTech.

We are so proud of you.

Categories: President's Corner


Posted on September 4, 2018

Forty three years ago I came to the Rizal Technological Colleges as a student. What I found was a provincial school that was lacking in almost everything, except water and graffiti. The chairs were inadequate. There were few books in the library, many of which were priceless Filipiniana collected by Dr. Marcial Ranosa, the acting Executive Dean before Dr. Lydia Profeta took the post. There was almost no equipment in the only laboratory in the campus, the Biology and Chemistry laboratory. There were few typewriters, and our teachers asked us to draw the keyboard on a bond paper and practice typing on it. That’s why until now I type with just three fingers. The walls were full of graffiti. There was no water in the faucets and in the comfort rooms, but we did not lack for water: the building we occupied, a long 270-meter Isidro Rodriguez Hall, ran lengthwise along the Marikina River, and you could see Benny Sta. Ana and other janitors fetching water from the river to clean the comfort rooms. There was only one airconditioned room in the building, and it was the Executive Dean’s office. Now we are planning to aircondition ALL classrooms and it can be started in 2019 as we have already put a budget for it.

In 1977 we learned that our beloved RizalTech was about to be phased out. Our generation fought for the continued survival of this school. There would have been no more enrolment for 1st year students starting SY 1978-1979. The rest of the students will be asked to transfer to other schools. The Province of Rizal could not spend any more for a school that was politically transferred to the jurisdiction of Metro Manila. I was the President of the Kabataang Barangay of Pasig. Together with student leaders, Dr. Lydia Profeta our Executive Dean, and faculty members, we made representations with the persons who could vouch for us, in particular Madam Imelda Romualdez Marcos and her daughter Imee Marcos with whom I had the honor of knowing because of my participation in the Kabataang Barangay. We followed the mother and daughter in Malacanang, in the KB office in Fort Bonifacio, just about everywhere. We wrote letters, and finally we invited them to the RTC together with the candidates for Batasang Pambansa. Madam Imelda came to the RTC grounds with some of the candidates of the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan. We gave the draft of a Presidential Decree that would convert the RTC into a State College. On April 1, 1978, President Marcos signed it.

Years later, I believe that that was my greatest achievement for the RizalTech, and it was accomplished even when I was just a student. Decades later I was elected President in 2010, twice, but that will be another story. Looking back I admire my predecessors. They did their best under the circumstances they found themselves during their tenure as President. As Isaac Newton said, I am standing on the shoulder of giants, and that is I why I can see far.

When I have been elected President I resolved upon myself to put the students at the center of all our efforts with the faculty and employees. The University is not a collection of buildings and facilities. The University is the people which comprise it. Neglect the welfare of the students, the faculty and the employees and the University will slide into mediocrity. The University is a partnership for living well.

When we took care of the welfare of our brethren, achievements were not far behind. In 8 years new 8 buildings were erected in both campuses. The Pasig Campus which has been neglected for so long finds itself in an unfamimiliar situation: it no longer has any space for any new structures after 5 buildings were built in it. The old Javier Building has been repainted, and new computer laboratories have been established when there was not even a single working computer for the use of students in the whole Campus when I became President. The newest state-of-the-art engineering equipment have been acquired for the Campus, and for the first time, the Campus has produced graduates in Engineering.

Do not neglect the Pasig Campus again.

We see 3 new huge buildings in the Boni Campus, all built in the years 2011 to 2018. We see dozens of drinking fountains everywhere. We have the most number of computers for student use among all SUCs in the country. We have acquired a big number of state-of-the-art equipment for our laboratories in both campuses. We have renovated our libraries and beautified our campuses. Our research output has increased tremendously. Our performance in licensure examinations have jumped up to the levels above the national passing averages, and we have new board topnotchers. We are in a state of financial bliss because of careful and prudent financial management and planning. We have the highest applied part time rates among all SUCs. We have supported the personal and professional growth of our faculty and employees. It is not just in culture and sports where we excel, you see.

In 2015 we were 166th in the national rankings among the 1,700 tertiary institutions in the country. In 2016 we jumped to 135th. In 2017, we found ourselves in the 31st place. And now we are in rank number 24. It is now your obligation and duty to improve upon this. And these are all because we care for our students and faculty and employees.

It will be your obligation also to face our shortcomings and temporary setbacks. You will face challenges all throughout your term as President and I hope you will have the courage and the guts to face them.

In the next few months we shall have a new President. I have served 8 years as your President. While there were technical possibilities to continue for a few more years, I thought it would be feckless to continue. There will always be newer and better ideas which new a leadership can provide. Now it is time for change, and hopefully it will be change for the better. To the next President and to the RizalTech community, I know you can do it if only you will take cognizance of a few important points.

Do not slide into factionalism and divisions. You know that in our history we had stretches when we allowed ourselves to slide into mediocrity. Do not get mired in mediocrity; it should be a thing of the past.

Put yourself last in the order of things. Put the welfare of the University ahead of everything.

There remain a lot of things to be done. The job of the President is never an easy one. On the contrary, it is a very demanding job. There are so many things left undone, and time was short. The RizalTech is capable of doing great only if we do not waste our time in squabbles. The best the new President can do is never enough. You must do more than your best.

Categories: President's Corner